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Low Carbon Development

Key Issues, 1st Edition

Edited by Frauke Urban, Johan Nordensvard


352 pages | 46 B/W Illus.

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Low Carbon Development: Key Issues is the first comprehensive textbook to address the interface between international development and climate change in a carbon constrained world. It discusses the key conceptual, empirical and policy-related issues of low carbon development and takes an international and interdisciplinary approach to the subject by drawing on insights from across the natural sciences and social sciences whilst embedding the discussion in a global context.

The first part explores the concept of low carbon development and explains the need for low carbon development in a carbon constrained world. The book then discusses the key issues of socio-economic, political and technological nature for low carbon development, exploring topics such as the political economy, social justice, financing and carbon markets, and technologies and innovation for low carbon development. This is followed by key issues for low carbon development in policy and practice, which is presented based on cross-cutting issues such as low carbon energy, forestry, agriculture and transportation. Afterwards, practical case studies are discussed from low carbon development in low income countries in Africa, middle income countries in Asia and Latin America and high income countries in Europe and North America.

Written by an international team of leading academics and practitioners in the field of low carbon development, this book is essential reading for students, academics, professionals and policy-makers interested in the fields of low carbon development, climate change mitigation, climate policy, climate change and development, global environmental change, and environment and development.


'In this student-friendly edited volume Urban and Nordensvärd have produced the first comprehensive introduction to low carbon development. In this one volume there is an impressive focus on the economic, political and social prospects for low carbon strategies across a range of policy areas in both the rich and poor worlds.'Michael Cahill, University of Brighton, UK

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction 1. Low Carbon Development: Origins, Concepts and Key Issues Frauke Urban and Johan Nordensvärd Part 2: The Politics of Low Carbon Development 2. The Political Economy of Low Carbon Development Matthew Lockwood 3. The Climate Change Policy Process and Low Carbon Development Merylyn Hedger Part 3: The Social Dimensions of Low Carbon Development 4. Social Justice and Low Carbon Development Thomas Tanner and Blane Harvey 5. Social Policy and Low Carbon Development Johan Nordensvärd Part 4: The Economics of Low Carbon Development 6. Climate Change Economics: Financing Low Carbon Development Frauke Urban and Johan Nordensvärd 7. The Future of Carbon Markets: Carbon Trading, the Clean Development Mechanism and beyond Markus Lederer Part 5: Technology and Innovation for Low Carbon Development 8. Low Carbon Innovation and Technology Transfer David Ockwell and Alexandra Mallet Part 6: Key Issues for Low Carbon Development in Policy and Practice 9. Renewable Energy and Energy Access in Developing Countries Ewan Bloomfield and Annabel Yadoo 10. Revolutionising the Electricity Sector: Renewable Energy and Low Carbon Grid Infrastructure Letha Tawney 11. Forestry and Low Carbon Development Rocio Hiraldo 12. Agriculture and Low Carbon Development Rocio Hiraldo 13. Transportation and Low Carbon Development David Tyfield 14. Triple Win? The Case of Climate Compatible Development Frauke Urban Part 7: Key Issues for Low Carbon Development in Low, Middle and High Income Countries: Case Studies 15. Approaches to Low Carbon Development in Low, Middle and High Income Countries: A Conceptual Framework Frauke Urban 16. Poverty Reduction and Economic Growth in a Carbon Constrained World: The Case of Ethiopia Frauke Urban and Hilawe Lakew 17. Low Carbon Development in Tanzania: Lessons from its Solar Home System Market Rob Byrne 18. Ride the Wind: Wind Energy in China Frauke Urban 19. Low Carbon City Planning in China Andreas Oberheitmann and Ruan Xiaodong 20. From Outsider to World Leader: Bioethanol in Brazil Napoleao Dequech Neto and Eva Heiss 21. Carbon Capture and Storage (CSS) in the US Jennie Stephens 22. Energy Efficiency Policy in Germany and the UK Jan Rosenow Final Thoughts Frauke Urban and Johan Nordensvärd

About the Editors

Frauke Urban is Lecturer in Environment and Development at the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), UK. She specializes in the linkages between energy, climate change and development, especially low carbon development, climate change mitigation and energy policy.

Johan Nordensvärd is a Researcher specializing in the field of social policy and low carbon development, globalization, global climate governance and energy policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK.

About the Series

Key Issues in Environment and Sustainability

This series provides comprehensive, original and accessible texts on the core topics in environment and sustainability. The texts take an interdisciplinary and international approach to the key issues in this field.

Please get in touch with Rebecca Brennan ([email protected]), Annabelle Harris ([email protected]) or Hannah Ferguson ([email protected]) if you would like to submit a proposal.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy